com·​plete | \ kəm-ˈplēt How to pronounce complete (audio) \
completer; completest

Definition of complete

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : having all necessary parts, elements, or steps a complete diet
b of a protein : containing all essential amino acids Beans and grains combined together form a complete protein.
2a : total, absolute complete silence
b : fully carried out : thorough a complete renovation
c of a football pass : legally caught
3 : brought to an end : concluded a complete period of time
4 : highly proficient a complete artist
5 of a subject or predicate : including modifiers, complements, or objects
6 of insect metamorphosis : characterized by the occurrence of a pupal stage between the motile immature stages and the adult — compare incomplete sense 3
7 : having all four sets of floral organs
8 of a metric space : having the property that every Cauchy sequence of elements converges to a limit in the space
complete with
: made complete by the inclusion of a birthday cake complete with candles


completed; completing

Definition of complete (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to bring to an end and especially into a perfected state complete a painting
2a : to make whole or perfect Its song completes the charm of the bird. Her latest purchase completes her collection.
b : to mark the end of A rousing chorus completes the show.
c : execute, fulfill complete a contract
3 : to carry out (a forward pass) successfully The quarterback completed 12 out of 18 passes.

Other Words from complete


completely adverb
completeness noun
completive \ kəm-​ˈplē-​tiv How to pronounce complete (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms for complete

Synonyms: Adjective

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Adjective

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full, complete, plenary, replete mean containing all that is wanted or needed or possible. full implies the presence or inclusion of everything that is wanted or required by something or that can be held, contained, or attained by it. a full schedule complete applies when all that is needed is present. a complete picture of the situation plenary adds to complete the implication of fullness without qualification. given plenary power replete implies being filled to the brim or to satiety. replete with delightful details


close, end, conclude, finish, complete, terminate mean to bring or come to a stopping point or limit. close usually implies that something has been in some way open as well as unfinished. close a debate end conveys a strong sense of finality. ended his life conclude may imply a formal closing (as of a meeting). the service concluded with a blessing finish may stress completion of a final step in a process. after it is painted, the house will be finished complete implies the removal of all deficiencies or a successful finishing of what has been undertaken. the resolving of this last issue completes the agreement terminate implies the setting of a limit in time or space. your employment terminates after three months

Examples of complete in a Sentence

Adjective He spoke in complete sentences. They sat in complete silence. Verb The project took four months to complete. Her latest purchase completes her collection. The new baby completed their family. The quarterback completed 12 out of 15 passes. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Originally planned to be complete by mid-2022, the $1.6 million renovation project at Zion Hill Church has been affected by two years of supply chain breakdowns and other issues associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. Nicole Bradford, San Antonio Express-News, 7 Aug. 2022 Since then, the T has actually lost ground: the project is now only 65 percent complete, as more slabs have been added to the repair list, said Pesaturo, the T spokesman. Elizabeth Koh,, 7 Aug. 2022 If enough fluid leaks, the car could lose partial or complete braking ability, which is dangerous for the driver. Sasha Richie, Car and Driver, 5 Aug. 2022 Attempts by the tiny rural authority to resist this casual annihilation were in vain; by 1965, work on the reservoir was complete and 16.4 million gallons of water turned Capel Celyn into an underwater graveyard. Elizabeth Lowry, WSJ, 5 Aug. 2022 Case report forms with additional epidemiologic and clinical information were submitted to the CDC for 41% of those cases, though not all details were complete in all of those forms. Deidre Mcphillips, CNN, 5 Aug. 2022 The State Department reported last month that nearly 410,000 immigrant visa applicants, whose cases are otherwise complete, still don’t have an interview scheduled. Andrea Castillo, Los Angeles Times, 4 Aug. 2022 Batgirl, the $90 million D.C. Comics movie that was reportedly almost complete. Paige Mcglauflin, Fortune, 4 Aug. 2022 But Beyoncé stands almost alone in her commitment to developing a total and complete look, then seeking out clothes that augment that reality. Rachel Tashjian, Harper's BAZAAR, 3 Aug. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Transit officials have said the closures will lead to faster work on projects that would otherwise take years to complete. Nick Stoico,, 7 Aug. 2022 The DraftKings Sportsbook registration process only takes a few minutes to complete. Xl Media, cleveland, 7 Aug. 2022 These trials can take seven to nine years to complete, by which time the drugs could be subject to price controls. The Editorial Board, WSJ, 3 Aug. 2022 The project would cost about £10 million ($12.2 million) and take between nine to 12 months to complete. Chris Smith, BGR, 2 Aug. 2022 These immigration pathways, however, typically take years to complete due to interviews, vetting and other steps. Camilo Montoya-galvez, CBS News, 29 July 2022 Lake of Three Fires is being conducted in conjunction with the CDC and could take several days to complete. Andrew Sullender, USA TODAY, 11 July 2022 The full project is expected to cost hundreds of millions of dollars and take five years to complete. Kelly Yamanouchi, ajc, 7 July 2022 The reviews could take months or years to complete, officials said. Matthew Daly, Anchorage Daily News, 6 July 2022 See More

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First Known Use of complete


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for complete

Adjective and Verb

Middle English complet, from Latin completus, from past participle of complēre — see complement entry 1

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The first known use of complete was in the 14th century

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com·​plete | \ kəm-ˈplēt How to pronounce complete (audio) \

Kids Definition of complete

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : having all necessary parts : not lacking anything a complete set of books
2 : entirely done His training is complete.
3 : thorough sense 1 complete darkness

Other Words from complete

completeness noun


completed; completing

Kids Definition of complete (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to bring to an end : finish complete a job
2 : to make whole or perfect He needs six more state flags to complete his collection.


com·​plete | \ kəm-ˈplēt How to pronounce complete (audio) \

Medical Definition of complete

1 of insect metamorphosis : characterized by the occurrence of a pupal stage between the motile immature stages and the adult compare incomplete sense 1
2 of a bone fracture : characterized by a break passing entirely across the bone — compare incomplete sense 2
3 of a protein : containing all essential amino acids — compare incomplete sense 4

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